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Heard victim beg (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

pray

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Here is my best explanation:

'beg' is the definition.
('pray' can be a synonym of 'beg')

'heard victim' is the subsidiary indication.
'heard' indicates a 'sounds like' (homophone) clue.
'victim' becomes 'prey' (prey is a kind of victim).
'prey' sounds like 'pray'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for pray that I've seen before include "Implore", "Offer supplication", "Devoutly hope", "Address God", "Speak to God", "Wish earnestly (for a particular outcome)", "Supplicate, entreat", "Hope strongly", "Beg" and "Ask earnestly (for)".)

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